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Serie A committed to finishing season

AFP Milan Serie A insisted that they were committed to finishing the season despite reports seven clubs are against a return to action as the coronavirus pandemic continues to afflict Italy. “The Lega Serie A Council that met today unanimously confirmed its intention to complete the 2019-2020 season, if the government allows it to take place,” Italy’s top flight said …

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Barca agree to sell title rights to fight COVID-19

PTI Barcelona Barcelona will sell the title rights to its storied stadium for one year in an effort to raise money for the fight against the coronavirus. The Spanish club’s executive board said Tuesday it will donate the entire fee raised by selling the title rights to the Camp Nou to fighting the global pandemic. The Camp Nou is the …

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Warne loved to smoke, didn’t respect Buchanan: Clarke

HT MEDIA New Delhi Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has revealed few interesting details about Shane Warne and the Australian dressing room culture when both players were in the side together. Clarke said that the Australian players were allowed to take just basic essentials like t-shirts, pants, socks, underwear, joggers and a cap but Shane Warne gave up all the …

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Shining the ball with saliva could be a thing of the past post COVID-19

New Delhi: Bowlers using saliva to shine the ball is common sight in cricket but in a post COVID-19 world, they might have to reconsider the practice, making their lives tougher in what, many believe, has already become a batsman’s game. In the wake of the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, the scrutiny on ball maintenance has only increased but using sweat …

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Rooney rates Messi over Ronaldo

New Delhi: Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was asked to choose between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and the England international had a clear answer. The debate and comparisons over the two footballers is common practice and Rooney believes that although he was teammates with Ronaldo, Messi holds the edge over the Portugal international. Both footballers have dominated football …

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Federer’s serve hybrid of Sampras and Agassi, feels Roddick

New York: Former World No 1 tennis player Andy Roddick heaped praise on 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, especially for his unique serve technique which according to him is ‘frustrating’ for his opponents. Roddick, who is regarded as one of the finest servers of the game, stated that Federer’s serve is a combination of former greats Pete Sampras and …

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Leagues across Europe ready to play behind closed doors: UEFA chief

Milan: UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said Monday that leagues across Europe were ready to return to action behind closed doors in a bid to limit the damage caused by coronavirus. Football leagues have been suspended since mid-March due to the pandemic which has claimed more than 100,000 lives throughout the continent. But the head of European football believes that playing …

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Rooney doesn’t consider himself as a natural goalscorer

IANSLondonEngland and Manchester United’s record-breaking goalscorer Wayne Rooney has revealed that he was never a “natural” finisher.Rooney scored 253 goals to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time record at United, before surpassing the latter’s England tally with 53.Writing in his Sunday Times column, the 34-year-old said as quoted by BBC: “This might surprise you, but I’m not a natural goalscorer. I …

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Lisbon boss told me to get lost to ‘B’ team: Chhetri

PTINew Delhi“You are not good enough for first team, get lost to B team,” was what talismanic India football captain Sunil Chhetri had to listen to from Sporting Lisbon head coach when he joined them in 2012.Chhetri, then a 26-year-old, was signed by the top Portuguese side on a three-year contract but he returned home after completing nine months.“After one …

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No relegation if EPL is scrapped: Brighton boss

IANSLondonBrighton and Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom said that relegation may need to be scrapped if the Premier League season has to be ended. As the Premier League table stands, Brighton are on 29 points, two points above the relegation zone.“I don’t foresee a situation, if the season’s not played out, that teams will get relegated on a points-per-game basis,” …

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